Despite the mixed weather of recent times, how lovely to have had a dry spell. As if in response, on the sunnier days, Sky Larks have been singing from on high on the Common tops. This prompted a discussion during our February walk as to whether the Skylark is resident or migratory. Well, it seems that in western Europe, Skylark populations are mostly resident although these birds can 'migrate' in winter from high ground to the warmer lowlands and the coast. Birds from Northern and Eastern Europe have to migrate to survive and on passage these can mix with resident birds and even compete for territory. What is known for sure is that the Skylark is one of the earliest songsters. Not an indicator that Spring is here but hopefully a sign that it's not too far away!